July 1, 2024

Proverbs 3:33–35 (NKJV)
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely, He scorns the scornful But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.

Do we really expect God to bless ungodly behavior, sin?

Hidden sin does not go unpunished and will not only affect the life of the sinner but those around him. Remember Achan! When Israel attacked Jericho, God said to destroy everything. Achan saw a few things he wanted, took them and knowingly hid them. When Israel attacked Ai, they were defeated because of the hidden sin of Achan. Know that our sin will find us out, but even more devastatingly it will affect others.

Pride is sin and can be hidden in false humility. I profess Jesus outwardly, but have I really accepted Him in my heart. If asked about my salvation I can point back to the time I made a public profession of faith in God, but did I really accept Him in my heart, my life? Am I living my life for Jesus? Are my actions motivated by His desire for my life? How is my life different today than it was yesterday, last week or month?

Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Achan sinned against God and tried to hide his sin. We sin against God and try to hide our sin. We discover as Achan did sin is a festering cancer that destroys not only the sinner but those closest to him.

The one thing we should hide in our heart is the Word of God. That which is hidden will be revealed. We may think others do not see our true self, but they do. My visible life will point others to Jesus or to Satan. That which is assumed to be hidden is revealed in our actions.

Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” We may be able to fool ourselves, but we cannot fool God, ever. And eventually we cannot fool those who truly know us.